George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
(1819-1880) -English novelist and editor.
- I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
- It is never too late to be what we might have been.
- Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
T. S. Eliot
(1885-1968) --British Poet, born in the U.S.; won the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature
- Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
- We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
- And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair. . .
Do I dare disturb the universe?
- We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value -- a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.
- April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. (from The Wasteland)
- Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
- The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.
- And the wind shall say: Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.
Henry Rutherford Elliot
- If it's sanity you're after, there's no recipe like laughter.
- He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
(1853-1939) --English physician.
- Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life?
- Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. - from The Dance of Life
- The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. - from The Dance of Life
- The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogren and stupidity.
--U.S. author, known for his novel The Invisible Man, 1952
- It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
- Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.
- I'm not a separatist. The imagination is integrative. That's how you make the new- by putting something else with what you've got. And I'm unashamedly an American integrationist.
- The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. Or, as Emerson insisted, the development of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness.
- The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghost-like.
- I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882) American essayist and poet
- Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Be and not seem.
- Character is what can do without success. (Essays)
- Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
- Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
- Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.
- Fame is proof that people are gullible.
- Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.
- Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
- Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
- I hate quotations.
- I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
- Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such who are in the institution wish to get out; and such as are out wish to get in.
- It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
- The less government we have the better.
- The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
- Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
- Make yourself necessary to somebody.
- A man is related to all nature.
- Men are what their mothers made them.
- Money often costs too much.
- Never read a book that is not a year old.
- Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Only those books come down which deserve to last . All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date.
- The only way to have a friend is to be one.
- The reliance on property is...the want of self-reliance. [Men] measure the esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. But a cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property...(Essays)
- The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
- So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
- There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.
- They say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors.
- This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
- Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast
- Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time.
- To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
- To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
- To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Truth is beautiful, without a doubt. But so are lies.
- We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.
- We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
- What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.
- What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.
- The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.
- I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
(Circa 60 A. D.) - Greek stoic philosopher
- There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. -- from The Enricheridion
- To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported.
- Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.
- No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to an humble and grateful mind.
- Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan.
- Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
- Difficulties are things that show what men are.
- Appear to know only this,--never to fail nor fall.
- There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
- In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.
- First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
- Everything has two handles,--one by which it may be borne; another by which it cannot.
(341-270 BC) --Ancient Greek philosopher
- In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.
(1466-1536) --Dutch humanist and scholar
- When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.
Sir John Eric Ericksen
--British surgeon, 1873
- The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.
(1894-1985) --British novelist
- Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
(484-406 BC) --Ancient Greek playwright
- Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
- Youth is the best time to be rich; and the best time to be poor.
- The gifts of a bad man bring no good with them.
- There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.
- Slight not what 's near through aiming at what 's far.
- A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
- Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.
- Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
- Second thoughts are ever wiser.
- Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it.
- Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
- The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.
- Habit, my friend, is practice long pursued, that at last becomes man himself.
Evil(from the movie Time Bandits)
- And when I have understanding of computers, I will be the supreme being!
Russell H. Ewing
- A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes.
A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.
A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.
A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
- Nothing is as embarrasing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done.